English Historical Linguistics 2008

Selected papers from the fifteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 15), Munich, 24-30 August 2008

Volume II: Words, texts and genres

Hans Sauer | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Gaby Waxenberger | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
ISBN 9789027248428 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The fifteen papers selected for Volume II of English Historical Linguistics 2008 have a different emphasis than those in Volume I (CILT 314, Lenker et al. 2010). Nine concentrate on the development of the English vocabulary and six on historical text linguistics, including the development of text-types and of politeness strategies. Of those in the former group, three have their emphasis on etymology, three on semantic fields, and three on word-formation, although some cover more than one of these areas. The topics include: the treatment of etymological problems in the OED; deverbal derivations formed from native verbs and from loan-verbs; the role of metaphor and metonymy in the evolution of word-fields. The field of historical text linguistics is introduced by a general survey, which is followed by more specific studies focussing on 15th-century legal and administrative texts from Scotland, on early 15th-century women’s mystical writings, on medical recipes from the 16th to the 18th centuries and on pauper letters from 18th-century Essex.

The book should appeal to scholars interested in English etymology, the history of semantic fields and of word-formation, as well as in historical text linguistics, politeness strategies and standardization. It provides not only theoretical considerations but also a wealth of case studies.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 324] 2012.  xviii, 271 pp.
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Hough, Carole
2013. Kathryn Allan and Justyna A. Robinson (eds.), Current methods in historical semantics (Topics in English Linguistics 73). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 2012. Pp. viii + 347. ISBN 978-3-11-025288-0; e-ISBN 978-3-11-025290-3.. English Language and Linguistics 17:3  pp. 591 ff. DOI logo
Los, Bettelou & Patrick Honeybone
2022. Introduction. In English Historical Linguistics [Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 358],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo

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CF/2AB: Linguistics/English

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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